Core Module Information
Module title: Management of Chronic Diseases

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR09136
Module leader: Bruce Harper-McDonald
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

In this module you will learn about the consequences that living with a chronic disease (or diseases) has on the individual, as well as the impact on family, friends, and carers. You will focus your learning on a particular chronic disease that are health priorities globally and local and national contexts. They are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate the evidence-base underpinning current practice in the management of people affected by chronic diseases.
LO2: Evaluate the social and psychological impact of conclusive diagnosis of a chronic disease on people and their family/ carers.
LO3: Critically appraise the role of the multidisciplinary team in promoting self-management to enable people to live positively with a chronic disease.
LO4: Evaluate current local practice and possible changes to improve psychological symptoms and health, and well-being for people living with one or more chronic diseases.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sandra Sharp
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will select a specific long term condition to critically examine the evidence base underpinning current practice in managing psychosocial issues and promoting self-management (LOs1, 2, 3). A person centred evidence-based approach will underpin the teaching and learning activities to promote best practice, to meet the needs of the people living with a long term condition (LO 4). The module will develop the students’ knowledge and skills to adopt an enabling role and work in partnership with client/carers and interprofessional working, within health sectors (LOs1 to 4).
The module will be delivered fully online via Moodle (LOs 1 to 4). A variety of teaching strategies will be employed, designed to enhance the learning experience by encouraging the student to engage with the material in a meaningful way. The module content will be delivered in units to guide students through the module in a structured manner (LOs 1 to 4). Collaborative learning will be promoted through the use of synchronous and asynchronous online discussion groups on Moodle facilitated by the module team (LOs 1 to 4). The use of Moodle in this module gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time which suits them. Online tutorials, lectures and the use of WebEx will offer the opportunity for students to get together with fellow students in small groups to learn through interactive teaching sessions which aim to enhance and extend students learning (LOs 1 to 4). The activities will encourage students to engage with the literature and critically reflect on practice (LOs1 to 4).

Formative Assessment:
Students will submit an essay patch of 750 words outlining their proposed summative assessment in week 7. Individual feedback will be given.

Summative Assessment:
Week 14 - The summative (marked) assessment will be in the form of a portfolio of elements – a written report.
A 3500 word portfolio on their chosen long term condition. Students will compare their current practice, in supporting a person to manage the selected psychosocial issue, to evidence for best practice. Students will make recommendations for future practice.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 16
Online Tutorial 8
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Online Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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